Jun 30

IFI Archive at Lunchtime : The Joys of Joyce (1 - 30 June)

  • Irish Film Institute

Free screenings presented daily throughout June. Two programmes alternate daily with double bill on Saturday. Check www.ifi.ie for times.

Programme 1

Pitch and Putt with Beckett and Joyce

Col/3 mins/Donald Clark / 2001

Faithful Departed

Kieran Hickey’s portrait of Dublin on June 16th 1904. 10 mins/B/W/1968

A Sense of Poetry: The Poem as Irony (1975)

Part of a Canadian educational series, this is a filmic illustration of a poem by renowned Canadian poet, Alden Nowlan. It follows a visitor to Dublin as he embarks from a plane and wanders the streets of Dublin.

1975 / Colour / 12 mins

Programme 2

Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 159 - Joyce Tower Opened!

B/W/ 3 mins/ Gael Linn / 1962

Three Weeks in a Tower

Joyceans and others will be intrigued by this curiosity – a dramatised account, directed by Maurice O’Kelly, of the time in September 1904 when James Joyce (Chris Curran), Oliver St. John Gogarty (Pat Daly) and Samuel Trench (John O’ Neill) lived in the Martello Tower in Sandycove.

Col/25 mins/ 1972

Jul 16

Otium cum Dignitate ~ Leisure with Dignity - Anne Maree Barry (16 June - 16 July)

  • The LAB

Anne Maree Barry’s most recent film work Otium cum Dignitate ~ Leisure with Dignity combines her own psychogeographic walking tours of the 'Monto' area to create a film and exhibition that reflects historical events, whilst at the same time presenting a complex portrait of female empowerment. Four characters: Madam May Oblong, Kitty D, Countess Aldborough and The Custom House establish a dialogue between locality, history, architecture and the independence of women in a specific time.

"An archway with a faded green gate, residue of previous colours. Brick upon brick. Stone upon stone. 10 vertical white bricks four horizontal - an embedded white cross. Nighttown juxtaposed with a Magdelene. Circe. Circe who could turn men into animals. In her presence, the woods moved, the ground rumbled, and the trees around her turned white."

Gallery open 10am to 6pm Friday

10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday


2:30 pm14:30

A Short Reading from Ulysses by David Norris at the Olivier Cornet Gallery

  • Olivier Cornet Gallery

You are invited to a short reading from Ulysses by Davis Norris in the Oliver Cornet Gallery.

You will be able to see the exhibition 'There's a touch of the artist about old Bloom' running till 25th June. Ulysses is about the relationship between individuals and the city they inhabit, it deals with memory and meaning, the mundane and the fantastical. The exhibition creates a dialogue around these ideas through the personal visions of the artists involved.

The exhibition is a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter and explores the fabric of the James Joyce’s Dublin, real or imagined. Participating artists are drawn from a number of disciplines where drawing and sketching are an important aspect of their work; either as an end in itself, as a way to develop ideas, or as part of their creative process.

1:00 pm13:00

Misses Liffey - O Let Me Tell You About Anna Livia!

  • Smock Alley Theatre

Following the success of their award winning show 'Songs of Joyce', Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy have created a new Joycean musical, Misses Liffey. Through words and music, Anna Livia Plurabelle brings us on a riverrun journey through the city of Dublin introducing us to many of James Joyce’s women characters that live, work, sing and laugh along her banks. We hear from Nuvoletta and the Washerwomen from Finnegans Wake, the Morkan Sisters and Eveline from Dubliners and the Siren barmaids, Dilly Dedalus and the seaside girls in Ulysses. Anna finally bids us farewell as she meets her cold, mad father - the sea, only to fin again, begin again…

"a brilliant new Joycean-themed musical" The Irish Times

8:30 pm20:30

IFI From the Vaults : Nora

  • Irish Film Institute

Renowned Irish film director Pat Murphy reclaims a significant Irish woman from obscurity as she tells the tale of Nora (Susan Lynch), a spirited young house-maid from Galway, and her relationship with raffish young writer, James Joyce (Ewan MacGregor). The story unfolds through breathtaking cinematic tableaux following the couple from Dublin to Trieste, Italy where their passionate and tempestuous life together continues. Joyce is tormented by the fear that his work will never be published and increasingly obsessed with suspicions of Nora's infidelity but the couple's relationship is bonded by a deep, sexual love and by Nora's practical wisdom and common sense.

Directed by Pat Murphy

Released 2000

35mm/ Colour / 106 mins

8:30 pm20:30

The Gold Cup & the Rank Outsider by Senan Molony

  • The Leeson Lounge

A witty meditation on Joyce’s perennial championing of the underdog. Hope you didn’t throwaway your boaters. 
Dedicated to the memory of Joe Byrne, whose betting shop was an integral part of 20th century life in the area. The shop’s signage on the façade of 142 Upper Leeson Street still draws the punter’s eye, 100 years after it first opened for business.

Senan Molony is the Political Editor of the Irish Daily Mail and the author of a number of historical works, including ‘The Phoenix Park Murders,’ and several books on the RMS Titanic and related ships. He appeared in TV and radio maritime documentaries, including with Channel 4, BBC, RTE, and the History Channel. He lectured last year in the Leeson Lounge on Ulysses, and is a devotee of all things Joyce, although still all at sea when it comes to Finnegans Wake.

Sponsored by Upper Leeson Street Area Residents Association.

8:00 pm20:00

Goldenhair Live - Album Release Gig

  • Solstice Arts Centre

Celebrate Bloomsday with Golden Globe-nominated and IFTA award-winning composer Brian Byrne who performs a selection of songs from his brand new Goldenhair album in his hometown of Navan, with special guests and friends, including William Byrne, Lisa Lambe, Hayley Jo Murphy and more. Additional artists will be updated as added.

Originally a suite of chamber works, Byrne’s twenty-one track album sets the stanzas of select poems from James Joyce’s 1907 collection Chamber Music to original orchestrations. Ranging in style from adult contemporary, to jazz, bluegrass and more, the tracks of Goldenhair feature numerous world-renowned, award-winning artists including Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist KURT ELLING, Golden Globe-winning actress GLENN CLOSE, Prince’s singer/songwriter protégé JUDITH HILL and British musician/songwriter JULIAN LENNON.

Music by Brian Byrne

Words by James Joyce

Jun 25

There's a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom (16 - 25 June)

  • Olivier Cornet Gallery

"From day to day, their molecules shuttled to and fro, so does the artist weave and unweave his image"

Ulysses, James Joyce.

Ulysses is about the relationship between individuals and the city they inhabit, it deals with memory and meaning, the mundane and the fantastical. The aim of the exhibition is to create a dialogue around these ideas through the personal visions of the artists involved.

‘There's a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom’ is a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter of Dublin. Curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Jessica Peel-Yates and Marie-Hélène Brohan Delhaye, this four day live sketching event will explore the fabric of the James Joyce’s Dublin, real or imagined. Participating artists are drawn from a number of disciplines (fine art, illustration, architecture, animation, fashion and graphic design) where drawing and sketching are an important aspect of their work; either as an end in itself, as a way to develop ideas, or as part of their creative process.

The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm on Bloomsday 16 June at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street. It will run until 25th June with further evening events at the Gallery during the week.

6:00 pm18:00

Best-Loved Joyce Book Launch

  • AIB Bank, Rathgar

O’Brien Press are delighted to welcome you to celebrate the publication of their latest book Best-Loved Joyce this Bloomsday in AIB Bank, Rathgar.

Best-Loved Joyce is an accessible introduction to Joyce’s writings, featuring short, entertaining quotes from his major works, his poetry, his letters, and some family anecdotes handed down through the Joyce family. Compiled together in this beautiful volume, these quotations display the breadth of the writer’s wit and wisdom on truth, love, family, art, literature, music, living, religion, mortality, history, politics, and Ireland. Guests on the evening will include the book’s editor Jamie O’Connell and Joyce’s grand-nephew Bob Joyce, who provided the introduction. Refreshments will also be served on the night.

Places at this event are free but limited. RSVP: geraldine@obrien.ie / 01 4923333 by 5th June to secure your place.

6:00 pm18:00

A Play on Ulysses: Bloomsday in Blackrock

  • Blackrock Stone Cross

A Play on Ulysses is a dramatised adaptation of Ulysses compressed into 75 action filled minutes. Eighteen professional actors, musicians and dancers, combine to provide an entertaining, comic, poignant, enlightening insight into James Joyce's labyrinthine book. Blackrock Bloomsday 2016 attracted an audience of over 300 so come early and get a seat: the pre-play ambience, created by local musicians and traders offering local cuisine, facilitates an encounter between the Ulysses characters and the characters in the audience.

Iris Park and Nastaise Leddy collaborate to adapt, direct and produce A Play on Ulysses: with their vast experience of adaptation, directing, writing and production for stage, radio, film and television, the 'on-street' element of this event brings an extra layer of theatricality straight to the heart of Blackrock.

A Play on Ulysses is free open air theatre. Come early, get a seat and enjoy the Irish summer (we have a plan for adverse weather conditions so hail, rain or shine the show goes on!)

This event is supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Blackrock Business Network, and the retailers and community of Blackrock.

5:00 pm17:00

UCD Dramsoc Present: Telemachus

  • Books Upstairs

In celebration of the work of James Joyce and Bloomsday, UCD Dramsoc will be staging a short theatrical performance of 'Telemachus', from Joyce's Ulysses in the first floor café of Books Upstairs bookshop, D'Olier Street. The piece will be directed by Ross O'Leary, adapted by Vanessa Murray.

5:00 pm17:00

Moments of Joyce Festival 2017

  • Duke Street Gallery

Duke Street Gallery will host the 2nd 'Moments of JOYCE Festival' this Bloomsday from 5pm with an evening of song, poetry, art, story telling and screenings in conjunction with the Red Bank Wine Tavern.

Introductions by SÉ MERRY DOYLE

PATRICK BERGIN (Readings from 'Ulysses')
SHAY HEALY (sings his song 'Finnegan, Are You Really Dead')
PAT MURPHY (a conversation of her feature film ‘Nora’)
NOEL O'GRADY (Ode to James Joyce - Portrait of a Tenor)
DECLAN COLLINGE (The Volta Cinema)
CATHERINE ANN CULLEN (premiers 'Molly Alone')
PJ MURPHY, Sweny’s Pharmacy (The Pleasure of Knowing James Joyce)
RICHARD BOYD BARRETT ( The Irish Revolution)
RONAN SHEEHAN (The Invincibles)
KEVIN BARRINGTON (Recites his poem' Bloomsday Denny')
Paintings by TOM BYRNE
CARL FINNEGAN’s ‘Two Gallants’
JOHN DOHERTY ‘The Show Must Go On’

Free event, limited space available.

Jun 17

The Dubliners Dilemma (16 & 17 June)

  • Smock Alley Theatre

From Oslo to Mayo to Moscow, Declan Gorman's evocation of James Joyce's Dubliners has enthralled audiences and critics nationally and internationally since its previous Bloomsday Dublin showing in 2014. Back now for 5 performances over the festival weekend, this is an unmissable slice of Dublin and Joyce's world by one of Ireland's outstanding theatre makers.

It begins in London shortly before WW1, in the basement workroom of publisher Grant Richards. Richards previously rejected Dubliners out of worry it might breach strict obscenity laws. Now he re-reads the manuscript and recalls his uncomfortable correspondence with the truculent young genius. Should he reconsider and publish now? In all their magical glory, the stories of Dublin come to vivid life around him.

“Gorman holds the audience enraptured... a truly mesmerising performance” Metro Herald. “Ingenious” Mail on Sunday.

“A compelling performer… animated and intelligent.” Irish Theatre Magazine.

Presented by Co-Motion Media. Directed by Gerard Lee.

Friday 16 June: 1.30pm, 6pm and 8pm

Saturday 17 June: 3pm and 8pm

Cost: €15/€12

1:05 pm13:05

Bloomsday - A Celebration in Song and Prose of James Joyce's Ulysses

  • National Concert Hall

Bloomsday is a joyous celebration of arguably the greatest novel in the English language. An accomplished musician himself, the works of Joyce are musical landscapes, laden with references to songs and operatic works of the day. Accompanied by the outstanding Kent-born pianist, David Wray, Dublin-born soprano Sandra Oman will perform such vocal delights as ‘Love's Old Sweet Song’, ‘I Dreamt I Dwellt in Marble Halls’, ‘Silent, O Moyle’, ‘The Lass of Aughrim’ and many more. Star of stage and screen Michael Grennell (Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Ballykissangel) will preside as James Joyce himself, reading extracts from Ulysses and giving the audience a flavour of Dublin in 1904. This is a concert for lovers of Bloomsday, Joyce or simply beautiful songs of yesteryear!

Cost: €16/€14

1:00 pm13:00

Bloomsday Lecture: 'The Museum in Bloom'

  • National Museum of Ireland

'Buddha their god lying on his side in the museum. Taking it easy with his hand under his cheek.'

To celebrate Bloomsday this year, why not trace the steps of Mr Bloom and take it easy at the National Museum on Kildare Street? Join Jennifer Keane, National Museum of Ireland, for a special lecture which will explore the numerous mentions of the Museum in James Joyce's Ulysses. Discover the 'handsome building (that) Sir Thomas Deane designed' and find out more about the National Museum at the beginning of the twentieth century, including the famous 'goddess' that so fascinate Joyce's protagonist Leopold Bloom!

Booking required. Contact 01-6486 334 or email educationarch@museum.ie. Places limited, book early to avoid disappointment. Located in Ground Floor Learning Space. Wheelchair accessible.

1:00 pm13:00

Joyce at the Opera

  • National Library of Ireland

This concert features a selection of music central to Joyce’s life and writings. Trieste-based artists Ilaria Zanetti (soprano), Riccardo Rados (tenor), and Alessandra Sagelli Caoduro (piano), will be joined by Irish singers Simon Morgan (baritone) and Noel O'Grady (tenor). Introductions illustrating the importance of the arias within Joyce’s work will be given by Professor John McCourt (University of Macerata). 13 pieces will be performed, with an emphasis on the lyric opera so loved by Joyce as well as some popular melodies and music-hall songs. Songs by composer Antonio Smareglia, (a friend of Joyce in Trieste, best known for Le Nozze Istriane), and rarely heard Italian versions of arias from Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl, which Balfe conducted in Trieste in 1854, will also be performed.

Organised by the Italian Institute of Culture in collaboration with the National Library Ireland, ‘Associazione Triestina Amici della Lirica G. Viozzi’ and the Trieste Joyce School (University of Trieste).

12:00 pm12:00

Bloomsday in the Monto

  • Eileen McLoughlin Park

Come and join us for an afternoon of theatre and afternoon tea in Eileen McLoughlin Park (Liberty Park), Foley Street, Dublin 1 on Bloomsday, Friday 16th June 2017. Kick-off is at noon, sharp. The event is free of charge and open to all.

Foley Street was called Montgomery Street and this gave the name to the small area just west of Connolly Station that was once Europe’s most infamous red-light district: the Monto. The Monto came to prominence in the late nineteenth century, until the new State, prompted by the Legion of Mary, effectively shut it down in the 1920s. The Monto was immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses.  In the Circe chapter, the protagonist Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus visit a Brothel on Tyrone Street, now Railway Street.

This Bloomsday, we would like to invite people to come join us in the park as we re-enact those times through Ulyssesreadings, the Monto wedding, drama, song and afternoon tea. Please, if you can, come dressed up in Edwardian costume; for example: long dresses, ruffled blouses, fans and floral broad hats for the ladies and for the men; slacks, shirts, waistcoats, braces, straw boater hats, top hats and paddy caps.

12:00 pm12:00

Beginner's Guide to Bloomsday Tour

  • The Gresham Hotel

Join us for a Bloomday fun tour, as we guide you around Dublin dressed in Edwardian costumes and hit some of the key locations referenced in the novel Ulysses.

We will visit Glasnevin Cemetery, Finn's Hotel, Sweny's Chemist, Davy Byrne's pub along with some other pubs frequented by James Joyce in his day. Don't worry if you haven't read the novel, this is a a casual fun tour, which is one part history and literature tour and two parts Edwardian fancy dress pub crawl. The tour is free and you can join and leave whenever you like, all we ask is that you come dressed up in clothes in keeping with the 1904 Bloomsday spirit!

12:00 pm12:00

Bloomsday at the Bailey

  • The Bailey Pub

The original Dublin Bloomsday in 1954 was organised by a rag-tag group of artists and intellectuals including Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien, Anthony Cronin and John Ryan, owner of the Bailey pub. The party spent the morning at the Martello Tower in Sandycove before making their way back to the Bailey, where they reportedly spent the rest of the evening - a tradition that continues to this day! The Bailey will be giving out free Bloomsday boater hats on the day (subject to availability), serving up delicious Joycean dishes and offering a very special James Joyce Cocktail at the bar. There will also be readings from Ulysses on the hour from 1pm - 4pm, each lasting around 15 minutes.

11:30 am11:30

Wandern mit Mr. Bloom diesen Bloomsday! (11:30AM & 2:30PM)

  • General Post Office (Starting Point)

Kommen Sie, machen Sie mit bei Spaß, Chaos und der einzigartigen Atmosphäre von Dublin am Bloomsday mit einem deutschsprachigen Führer auf einer Wandertour durch das Stadtzentrum, lassen Sie sich erinnern an Vorfälle und Orte, die in Ulysses beschrieben sind, als Leopold Bloom die Stadt an diesem epischen Tag durchquerte.

Sie müssen kein Fan von Joyce sein, um diese Wanderung zu genießen. Aber wenn Sie es sind, werden Sie bestimmt neue Einsichten gewinnen aus der Mischung aus Information, Humor, Lesungen und Dramatisierungen, vor allem aus der Laistrygonen-Episode des Buches (Wenn Sie Ulysses nie gelesen haben, spielt das wirklich keine Rolle – wir versprechen es! Aber wir versprechen nicht, dass Sie es nach dieser Erfahrung nicht lesen wollen!).

Unser deutschsprachiger Führer bringt alles in die lebendige Gegenwart, wenn wir in einer "Oh-So-Dublin"-Tradition schwelgen, was nur einmal im Jahr passiert (gottseidank haben wir es jedes Jahr in den letzten 22 Jahren gemacht!)

Begleiten Sie uns auf unserer Wanderung morgens oder nachmittags für ein einzigartiges "literarisches" Erlebnis und nehmen Sie ein paar wirklich unverwechselbare Erinnerungen mit nach Hause.

Bloomsday, Donnerstag, 16. Juni

11:30am & 2:30pm

Gebühr: 15,00 € pro Erwachsener/Kind

Vorreservierung Empfohlen. Telefonische Kartenzahlung akzeptiert. LoCall: 1890 947 124. Tel: +353 (0)1 454 5943. E-Mail: info@beatrice.ie

11:00 am11:00

Joyce the Emigrant Tour at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum (11AM & 3PM)

  • Epic Ireland

Did you know that James Joyce, famed chronicler of Dublin, spent the majority of his life abroad? From the age of 22, he travelled widely to Zurich, Pola, Trieste, Rome and Paris with few returns to Dublin. And yet, his writing has celebrated Ireland and Dublin, preserving the 16th of June 1904 forever in his readers’ memories.

At EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, we tell the story of the 10 million people who left Ireland to make new lives abroad – including James Joyce. This Bloomsday, we’d like to invite you to join us on a guided tour of our exhibition, with a Joycean twist. For the normal price of admission (€14), we’ll offer a Bloomsday-themed guided tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, with a particular focus on Joyce’s story. The tour will also feature readings from Joyce by talented actors and spot prizes for those who can demonstrate the depth of their Joycean knowledge.

The tours will begin at 11am and 3pm sharp. After the tours, guests can feel free to explore the museum at their leisure.

11:00 am11:00

“From the Sublime to the Ridiculous…”: Joycean Music Hall Meanderings

  • St. Andrew's Church

Join us in St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, at 11am this Bloomsday as we celebrate our connection with Joyce and the Gaiety Theatre. Founders of the theatre, brothers Michael and John Gunn were parishioners. Within the church is a memorial plaque to Michael Gunn which you are welcome to view.

Our programme commences with performance from the “Sublime” compositions of Balfe, Mercandante, and Mozart. Next comes the “Ridiculous”, which includes music hall songs such as “The Man that Broke the Bank of Monte Carlo”, “After the Ball”, “Sweet Rosie O’Grady”, and “Seaside Girls”. Hosted Jean Monahan, Church Choir Director, and St. Andrew’s Church Historian, Elizabeth Watson, the programme includes performances from Simon Heapes (Tenor), Connie Murray (Soprano), Gillian Pepper, Rose Hogan, Carmel Heapes, and the Greenore Centre Choir. Accompaniment by St. Andrew’s Church organist, Dr. Carole O’Connor, and readings by Catherine Byrne.

This is a free event. All are welcome.

11:00 am11:00

Walk with Mr Bloom this Bloomsday! (11AM & 4PM)

  • General Post Office (Starting Point)

New in 2017! Tours available in French & German, as well as English!

This is an enjoyable and insightful Walking Tour of Dublin City Centre, lasting about 1 and 1/2 hours, that recalls incidents and places described in the Laestrygonians episode of Ulysses, as Leopold Bloom traversed the city on that epic day in 1904. It will be a blend of information, humour, readings and dramatisations by our guides who will bring it all to life! No need to be a Joycean scholar to enjoy! Just join with us in the unique festive atmosphere of Bloomsday in Dublin! You’ll take home some truly distinctive memories!

Bloomsday, Friday, 16th June 2017

Start Times: 11am & 4pm

Fee: €15 adult/child

Advance booking advised: Payment can be made by phone with Credit/Debit Card. Contact: LoCall: 1890 947 124. Tel: 01-454 5943. Email: info@beatrice.ie

11:00 am11:00

Bloomsday at Sweny's Chemist

  • Sweny's Pharmacy

"Sweny's in Lincoln place. Chemists rarely move. …"

Sweny’s pharmacy is famously featured in the fifth episode of Joyce’s Ulysses, known as the 'Lotus Eaters' episode. The delightful little shop has survived for all these years and today still has all its original fittings and fixtures. Now run by volunteers, Sweny's opens its doors to welcome people on their Bloomsday adventure. Wait by the counter like Leopold Bloom, absorbing the authentic atmosphere. Watch the chemist at work with his herbs and ointments amongst all his alabaster lilypots. Pick up a bar of lemon soap that you can carry with you all day, just like Poldy. Get involved in a reading from Ulysses, enjoy a cup of tea and share epic tales about your own life. You might even get the chance to join in an Edwardian singsong! There will be merriment in this hidden Joycean gem throughout the day and into the evening, so just come along whenever you like!

10:30 am10:30

Promenez-vous avec M. Bloom ce Bloomsday! (10:30AM & 3PM)

  • General Post Office (Starting Point)

 Allez, lancez-vous dans la fête, le grabuge et l’atmosphère unique de Dublin le jour de Bloomsday avec une guide francophone dans une visite guidée à pied du centre-ville, en rappelant les incidents et les lieux décrits dans Ulysse pendant que Leopold Bloom traversait la ville dans cet épique jour.

Il ne faut pas que vous soyez des fans de Joyce pour s’amuser dans cette visite. Toutefois si vous les êtes, vous pouvez être surs de trouver des nouvelles idées du mélange d’informations, d’humour, des lectures et des dramatisations, tirés pour la plupart de l’épisode des Lestrygons dans le livre (si vous n’avez jamais lu Ulysse, il n’est pas un problème – on vous l’assure ! Mais on ne peut pas assurer que vous ne voudrez pas le lire après expérience!).

Notre guide francophone recréera aujourd’hui la magie de ce jour-là, car on s’amuse dans une tradition “Très-Dublin!” qui arrive seulement une fois par an (grâce à Dieux – nous l’avons fait chaque année depuis 22 ans!).

Joignez-nous dans notre promenade au cours de la matinée ou de l’après-midi pour une expérience ‘littérale-ment’ unique et rapportez chez vous des souvenirs vraiment spéciales.

Vendredi, 16 Juin

10:30am & 3pm

Prix: € 15 adulte/enfant

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10:30 am10:30

Bloomsday Walk with Pat Liddy's Walking Tours (10:30AM & 2:30PM)

  • Outside the Gate Theatre, Cavendish Row (off the top-end of O’Connell Street)

This tour is ideal for those interested in a first introduction to James Joyce and will celebrate the life of the iconic Irish writer with a walk through the streets of the city he immortalized in his ground-breaking novel, Ulysses. The route will partly follow the book’s main character, Leopold Bloom and his famous wanderings through the streets of Dublin on 16 June 1904. Dublin has changed enormously since then but we will still encounter many of Bloom’s intriguing stops or indeed places associated with Joyce himself along the way. Our final destination will be same as that of Bloom himself, who eventually paused for lunch of a Gorgonzola cheese sandwich and a glass of Burgundy wine at the renowned Davy Byrne’s.

Tours at 10:30am and 2:30pm on Friday 16 June.

Cost: €12/€10

10:00 am10:00

Bloomsday at Glasnevin Cemetery

  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

On 16 June, 1904 Glasnevin Cemetery was the venue for the funeral of the fictional Paddy Dignam, attended by Joyce’s protagonist Leopold Bloom in Ulysses. This is just one of the cemetery’s many links to Joyce's life and writing, from authors who inspired him, to the final resting place of his parents. For Bloomsday 2017 Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will be hosting a full programme of events throughout the day, with a special Joycean breakfast and lunch in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum's Tower Café, re-enactments and readings from the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses, and a Joycean walking tour of Glasnevin that will explore the life, times and imagination of this greatest of Irish writers (booking essential). Visitors in Joycean costume are especially welcome.

Jun 18

Merrion Square Artists on Bloomsday (16 - 18 June)

  • Merrion Square

Merrion Square Open-Air Art Gallery is held every Sunday on the external railings of the beautiful Georgian Square in Dublin's city centre. Founded in 1985, this weekly exhibition is organised by Dublin City Council and provides a colourful pleasant opportunity for visitors to not only view and purchase paintings but also to meet with the artists and learn about their work. The artists have decided to join in the celebrations of Bloomsday 2017 with specially painted themed canvasses at a very special price of under €100. Open 16th to 18th of June 10 am to 5pm, there will be art demonstrations and blooming good humour – do come and join in the fun!

Jun 17

Bloomsday in the Villages with Dublin City Council (16 & 17 June)


DCC Community Development Team proudly present this series of Bloomsday events organised in conjunction with local communities.

Friday 16 June


Events are organised in association with the local business community and theEvergreen Centre.

9-11am – Bloomsday Breakfast & Sceptre’s Bloomsday at Mayfield Eatery, 7-11 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6.  Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the restaurant or outdoors, in the wonderful garden terrace.  At 9.30am, Michael Judd will recount the story of the 1904 Ascot Gold Cup and the mighty ‘Sceptre’, the greatest filly of all time!

2-4.30pm – Bloomsday Tea Dance at the Evergreen Centre (next to the car park), Terenure Road North, Dublin 6.  Don your Edwardian garb and dance along to the music of Past Times at this event for older persons.

4.30pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at the Evergreen Centre, Terenure Road North, Dublin 6.  Encounter Leopold Bloom as you follow a trail of pivotal scenes from Ulysses along the streets of Terenure.


Event organised in partnership with Rathgar Traders.

2pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at the Rathgar Bookshop, 100 Rathgar Road, Dublin 6.  Enjoy some outdoor theatrics as scenes from Ulysses get performed at various locations in Rathgar Village.


Events organised in partnership with Ranelagh Arts Centre. 

6pm – Sceptre’s Bloomsday at Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6.  Hear about the build up and the outcome of the 1904 Ascot Gold Cup in an intimate setting with actor, Michael Judd.

Harold’s Cross

Events organised in partnership with Harold’s Cross Village Community Council. 

6pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at Noshington Café, Harold’s Cross Park, Dublin 6W.  Take a 40 minute stroll through Harold’s Cross and watch Ulysses come alive in the company of Leopold Bloom and other characters from the book!

7pm – Sceptre’s Bloomsday at Peggy Kellys Pub, 161 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W.  Wind down your Bloomsday in Harold’s Cross as Michael Judd reads an excerpt from “Sceptre’s Bloomsday” by Stephen Kane, an adaptation from Ulysses which tells the story of Ascot Gold Cup which took place on the 16th June, 1904.



Events organised in conjunction with the Iris Charles Centre and Sandymount Tidy Towns.

9.30-10.30am Bloomsday Breakfast at Iris Charles Centre, Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Enjoy a genuine Joycean Full Irish Breakfast - kidneys and all- and be entertained with music, readings and recitals from "Ulysses",   with Rodney Devitt, Claire McElvaney, Glynis Casson, Eleanor Devitt, and other Joyceans.

11am – ‘Joyce Unplugged’ at Sandymount Green, Sandymount Village, Dublin 4.  This traditional celebration on the renowned Sandymount Green will have excerpts from Joyce’s works,  a new book by Anthony J. Jordan called ‘Joyce Unplugged’,  Sceptre’s Bloomsday, period dress and traditional celebrations of Leopold and his adventures.

Saturday 17 June


Event organised in partnership with Ranelagh Arts Centre

1.30pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6.  Travel through Ranelagh Village and relive some of the events from Ulysses with Les Doherty (as Leopold Bloom) and other actors.

8:00 am08:00

Balloonatics Bloomsday 2017

  • Eccles Street (Start Point)

For the thirtieth successive year, the award-winning Joyce performers, Balloonatics, re-enact Ulysses in its home city. Just turn up on June 16th for our theatrical walks: we’ll ask for a contribution at the end. Paul O’Hanrahan as usual leads the team and, as has become our tradition, we start with Leopold Bloom at Eccles Street corner at 8 a.m. We then cross town to Westland Row, where we meet opposite Pearse Station at 10 a.m., as Leopold sets off to collect a letter. Find us at the Joyce statue on North Earl Street at 12.15 p.m. and follow Bloom into the hungry belly of the city.

Once again we’ll be in the historic Wynn’s Hotel on Abbey Street for Humid Nightblue Fruit at 7.30 p.m. €10 tickets for this rousing Joyce celebration in words and music are available on the night. Open session at the end.

8:00 am08:00

Bloomsday Breakfast at GPO Witness History

  • GPO Witness History

Join us for a delectable Bloomsday celebration inside O’Connell Street’s General Post Office, one of Dublin’s most iconic and historically significant landmarks best known for its pivotal role in the 1916 Rising. We’ll start with a full Irish breakfast including a few Joycean flourishes: sauteed liver & kidneys and some gorgonzola & mustard fingers! Afterwards, you can bask in the sun in the courtyard and appreciate the view in this quiet city centre oasis. You’ll then have access to the award winning GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, where you can learn all about the political and social unrest of Joyce's time that would eventually lead to the tumultuous events of Easter 1916.

Cost: €32